Auction 127, Lot 24

"Planiglobii Terrestris cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Exhibitio", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: World

Period: 1716 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

This is one of the most decorative eighteenth century world maps. The two hemispheres are surrounded by vivid engravings of natural phenomena such as waterspouts, a rainbow, earthquakes, and a volcano. Wind heads occupy the starry heavens and two cherubs hold the title banner aloft. This is an early example of this map with California presented as an island an a coastline stretching toward Asia labeled Terra Esonis. Nestled between the hemispheres are two detailed celestial maps. Text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.


Condition: B

Good impression in the surrounding scenes, which is often a weaker impression. There is an expertly repaired 3.5" tear at right, now barely visible.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 2/25/2009